I do believe in freedom of the press and freedom of speech, but protesting a racist cartoon is guaranteed by freedom of speech. For better or worse, I believe the founders actually believed in an independent press, not the current sycophantic press like the N.Y.Post. Anyone who believes that the N.Y.Post cartoon is not racist, I have a bridge you might want to buy.
Thursday, February 19, 2008 at 12 Noon
New York Post Office
1211 Avenue of the Americas (between 47th & 48th Sts)
New York, NY
The New York Post maligned President Barak Obama in an overtly racist cartoon depicting two police officers, one is pointing a smoking gun at a large chimpanzee, lying on the ground clearly shot dead. The caption reads “They’ll have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill.”
The cartoon in Wednesday’s (2/18/09) edition on the infamous “Page Six,” is a crass distortion of a recent horrific incident in which a 200 pound pet chimpanzee mauls a woman and police shoot and kill him.
NYC Councilman Charles Barron has called for A City Wide Emergency Protest Demonstration. Th e protest will be held on Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 12 noon in front of the New York Post main offices at 1211 Avenue of the the Americas (between 47th and 48th Streets) New York, NY.
“The clearly racist tone is outrageous,” said Colette Pean of the Women of Obama. “We are in support of Councilman Barron and we must let the New York Post know this will not be tolerated by the people in this city.”
Invited speakers joining Councilman Barron include Reverend Al Sharpton of the National Action Network, NYC, State Senator Bill Perkins, State Assemblywoman Inez Barron, Viola Plummer of the Women for Obama, Monica Moorehead of the International Action Center, and representatives of the Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive To African People (CEMOTAP),20December 12th Movement, NAACP-Jamaica Queens, Harriet Tubman, Black Men’s Movement, and many others.